Montessori is a philosophy and method of education created by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952).
Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator who believed that learning is active, not passive. She developed an educational method that follows children's natural curiosity and gives them the freedom to explore their interests, allowing them to learn by doing.
Montessori created a unique educational approach using a potent combination of self-directed learned, mixed-age classrooms, collaboration, creativity, and social responsibility.
This unique combination, in the hands of a well-trained Montessori teacher, is unparalleled in its ability to tap into a child's natural curiosty and love of learning.
Modern research has endorsed Montessori's ideas of a child's freedom to move, benefits of a mixed-age classroom, and the importance of hands-on learning materials that promote fine and gross motor skills.